To err is…:
“To err is human.” I’m sure you’ve heard this little quote before – maybe even employed it yourself. I submit to you that the quote is fallacious.
Let me substantiate my claims. =)
Genesis 1:27, 31 “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them….And God saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good.” God made humanity without sin, without error. Thus to err is not human, as that would imply that Adam and Eve were not human until they sinned. Also, we are told that humanity was made in God’s image. There is no error in God. Adam was created in God’s image, yet we were born with Adam’s image – a twisted image of the original. Furthermore, we are told that humanity, as part of God’s creation, was declared to be good. Thus, to err is not human.
John 1:14 “And The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”
1 Tim. 2:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”
Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Although these verse are by no means exhaustive, the express the biblical doctrine of the incarnation of The Son of God. Christ is fully God, and became fully human without ceasing to be God in any respect. The emphasis I would like to make in these verses though is that of His actually being human. Christ was fully human, yet without sin. Sin is not part of true humanity, it’s rather a negation of how God originally made humanity. If to err is human, and Christ did not err, then that would mean that Christ was not fully human. Christ is the perfect example of humanity. Thus to err is not human.
I Corinthians 15:53 “For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.” Paul goes to great lengths to prove that Christ physically rose from the dead and physically ascended into heaven. He contrasts physical body with spiritual in that the one we have now is sinful, and the body we will have then is not. Christ is literally flesh (bodily speaking) in heaven, but it’s a glorified flesh. Our skin and bones are not evil. And when Christ returns, they will be made new. We will not be any less human in heaven. Our bodies may have more capabilities, but our humanity will remain. There will be angels, but we will not be the angels. We will have bodies, but sin, and all it’s effects on our flesh, will be gone. We will not cease to be human, rather all creation will be made right once again. God created humanity, humanity fell, God is restoring humanity through the finished work of The God-Man Jesus Christ. It is redeemed humanity that will be praising The LAMB (Revelation 5:9). We will never cease to be human. Thus to err is not human.
Sin is not naturally part of humanity. It came in later, as a result of Adam’s disobedience. (Romans 5) But Adam was human before he sinned, and Christ is human without sin, and we are human with sin, and we will be human without sin. Therefore. to Err is NOT human. To err is sinful.
May God turn our hearts to anticipate to time when this flesh, made corruptible by sin, will put on the incorruptible!